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CFO Jimmy Patronis to Former Ben & Jerry’s Employee: What You Did is Extremely Courageous

7/28/2021

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Contact: Office of Communications, Communications@MyFloridaCFO.com, 850.413.2842
CFO Jimmy Patronis to Former Ben & Jerry’s Employee: What You Did is Extremely Courageous
 
TALLAHASSEE, Fla - Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis sent a letter to Susannah Levin, a former Ben & Jerry’s employee who recently resigned from the company following their decision to stop selling in Israeli settlements. Levin, a longtime graphic designer for Ben & Jerry’s, made news following her Facebook post last Wednesday. Levin’s resignation came after Ben & Jerry’s July 19th announcement that they plan to cut ties with Israel because the free and democratic nation is “inconsistent with our values.” The CFO’s letter to Levin comes on the heels of his letter to Ben & Jerry’s requesting that the company share its plans to remain in Israel through a different arrangement. The CFO is offering his assistance to Levin to help her find a job in Florida.
 
READ THE FULL LETTER BELOW 
 
July 28, 2021
 
Dear Ms. Susannah Levin:
 
My name is Jimmy Patronis and I am Florida’s Chief Financial Officer. I was recently made aware that you resigned from Ben & Jerry’s after working for the company for more than twenty years because of their brazen discrimination towards Israel. I think what you did is extremely courageous. No doubt, in this age of social media I am sure there are trolls that are coming after you but pay them no attention! Your principled stand on behalf of a free and democratic nation is something we can all be proud of. 
 
To any degree possible I can help you get a new job, please let me know. Florida is a friend of Israel, so no doubt there are businesses, organizations and people that would love your help; especially with your level of talent. 
 
For any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact my office at (850) 413-4900. I wish you all the best. 
 
Sincerely,
 
Jimmy Patronis
Chief Financial Officer
 
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About CFO Jimmy Patronis 
Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is a statewide elected official and a member of Florida’s Cabinet who oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Patronis works each day to fight insurance fraud, support Florida’s firefighters, and ensure the state’s finances are stable to support economic growth in the state. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).